KayaFest 2019

On the Sunday before Memorial Day, Kaya’s spectacular start-of-summer block party fills Smallman Street with a massive fete of music, Caribbean inspired food and great vibes.

This year’s line up has something for every taste with acts ranging funky reggae, folky Americana, and fresh alt-rock. A common thread of good vibes and irresistible rhythms connects them.

We hope you’ll join us for any part of our joyous all-day party, whether you prefer to have lunch and bask in the sunny Strip, catch the buzz in the late afternoon as the steelpan drums and Samba dancers turn it up, or groove well into the night.

The festival is free and open to all ages. For up to date info, see kaya.menu/kayafest

2019 Bands

noon-2 DJ
2-3 Elias Khouri: Rising teen guitar phenom playing soaring funk, soul, and rock.
3:15-4:15 Bindley Hardware Company: Rust-belt Americana music drawing from classic country, folk and modern alt-country.
4:30-5 Timbeleza: A KayaFest tradition! Infectious, driving Brazilian percussion brought to life by the fantastic dancers of the Pittsburgh Samba Group.
5:15-6:15 Chase and the Barons: Energetic alt-rock band with quirky lyrics and a groovy vibe.
6:30-7:30 Chantillion: Mega-heavy, ponderous, trippy prog rock
7:30-8 Timbeleza’s second set with the PSG dancers.
8-9:15 Tropidelic: Nationally touring reggae group from Cleveland stirs it up with elements of hip-hop, high energy funk and silky smooth pop
9:30-10:30 Truth and Rites: Jamaican rhythms of Reggae, Dub, Ska and Soul


Outdoor Menu

It wouldn’t be KayaFest without great food and drink from 2000 Smallman St. Here’s what we’ll  be rolling out from the kitchen at Kaya this year.

BBQ Chicken
Hot Dogs
Veggie Bahn Mi
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with cabbage and habanero honey
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Mushroom Sloppy Jo
Corn on the Cob
Sides: Chips & Salsa, Guacamole